The National Waste & Recycling Association launched the Safety Stand Down initiative this week in an effort to further draw attention to the dangers that come with working in the waste and recycling industry.
During the week-long campaign, participating waste and recycling companies will conduct risk assessments at job sites and review safety policies and procedures for backing; review company policies, procedures, consider enhancements and then train employees on any changes.
“Backing incidents comprise about 25 percent of all accidents and injuries in the waste industry, and it is important to focus on backing, both during the safety stand down and throughout the year,” SWANA Executive Director David Biderman said in a statement.
Refuse and recyclable materials collectors continue to rank in the top 10 in terms of civilian occupations with the highest fatal injury rates, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 2014, the rate was 35.8, ranking it the fifth most dangerous profession.
In support of the NWRA Safety Stand Down initiative, PRECO Electronics will be offering a 20% discount on PreView Radar systems through February 29th.
We are passionate about safety and commend the NWRA for taking the steps to further highlight the risks associated with the waste industry, specifically vehicle backing accidents.